According to Matt Peckham of Time, the Mona Lisa is now over the moon — literally. NASA managed to beam her image nearly 240,000 miles directly to a satellite orbiting the lunar body using a laser from the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, to shoot the image to the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter.
That’s a LONG sentence.
I could quote all the technical jargon involved, but suffice it to say that the process was difficult, detailed, time-consuming, and expensive. So why did NASA do this?
“In the near future, this type of simple laser communication might serve as a backup for the radio communication that satellites use. In the more distant future, it may allow communication at higher data rates than present radio links can provide.”
Haven’t these people watched War of the Worlds or Independence Day? Now that the aliens think we are a race of chubby women with indigestion and no means of defending ourselves, what is to stop them from attacking immediately? If we are going to send images into space, let’s send Dirty Harry, Chuck Norris, or Bruce Willis. “Do ya feel lucky, punk? Well, do ya? Go ahead. Make my day.”
I’m going to my reinforced concrete bunker now to await the invasion. If you are here within a day, you can join me. Otherwise, it’s every girl for herself.